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UPDATE: 290 People Sick From Peter Pan, Great Value Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak

Forty six patients are known to have been hospitalized and there have been no reported deaths

Peter Pan peanut butter jar
On Wednesday, the FDA advised consumers not to eat any Peter Pan peanut butter purchased since May 2006.

(ATLANTA) - On Wednesday, the FDA advised consumers not to eat any Peter Pan peanut butter purchased since May 2006 and not to eat Great Value peanut butter with a product code beginning with "2111" purchased since May 2006 because of risk of contamination with Salmonella Tennessee.

Salmonella is a bacterium that causes foodborne illness, and “Tennessee” is a type of Salmonella.

All Peter Pan peanut butter purchased since May 2006 is affected; only those jars of Great Value peanut butter purchased since May 2006 with a product code beginning with "2111” are affected.

Although Great Value peanut butter with the specified product code has not been linked by CDC to the cases of Salmonella Tennessee infection, the product is manufactured in the same plant as Peter Pan peanut butter and, thus, is believed to be at similar risk of contamination.

Great Value peanut butter made by manufacturers other than ConAgra is not affected.

Number of Cases And State Locations:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified 290 people from 39 states who have gotten sick from Salmonella Tennessee, the Salmonella type associated with this outbreak.

Forty six patients are known to have been hospitalized and there have been no reported deaths.

The 39 states with reported illness are: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Advice to Consumers:

FDA continues to advise consumers not to eat any Peter Pan peanut butter purchased since May 2006.

FDA also continues to advise consumers not to eat any Great Value peanut butter purchased since May 2006 with product codes beginning with the numbers “2111” on the jar lid.

All such products should be thrown out.

If consumers cannot find a number on the jar lid or are unsure, the safest thing to do is to discard the product.

Individuals who have recently eaten the affected Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter and who have experienced any symptoms of Salmonella infection should contact their health care provider immediately.

Symptoms include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.

For persons in poor health or with weakened immune systems, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections.

Anyone who has a jar of the affected peanut butter and who has become ill also should report that they have a jar to state or local health authorities.

Individuals who have eaten the affected peanut butter within the last week and who do not feel sick most likely will not get sick.

However, persons who begin to have any of the symptoms outlined above should see a health care professional.

FDA Actions To-Date:


On February 13th, FDA was notified by CDC and state health departments of data showing an outbreak of Salmonella Tennessee infection in people who reported having eaten certain jars of Peter Pan peanut butter.

Since that time, FDA has been conducting an active investigation of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter made by ConAgra in the same facility.

On February 13th, FDA contacted ConAgra officials.

On February 14th, ConAgra agreed to initiate a product recall.

On February 14th, FDA took the following actions:

Notified the public of the findings related to the Salmonella outbreak and advised consumers not to eat peanut butter from jars with a certain product code.

Notified its counterpart agencies in Canada and Mexico, the World Health Organizations' INFOSAN Food Safety reporting program and the food safety authority at the European Commission.

Sent a team of microbiologists and experienced field investigators to begin its inspection of ConAgra’s manufacturing plant in Georgia.

The inspection will include collecting environmental, raw ingredient and product samples, and reviewing manufacturing and quality assurance records.

Next Steps:

FDA laboratory personnel will analyze samples collected from the manufacturing plant.

FDA will conduct a thorough inspection and assess its own inspectors’ observations of the manufacturing plant for any necessary follow up actions. If international distribution is documented, FDA will inform and work with its counterpart agencies in those countries.

FDA will continue to work closely with CDC and state health authorities to track any additional cases of Salmonella Tennessee illness.

FDA will continue to work with ConAgra and inspect records to determine the distribution of the recalled product both within the United States and overseas.

FDA will continue to provide regular updates to the public as this investigation unfolds.

Recall Status And For More Information:

ConAgra is recalling all Peter Pan peanut butter and all Great Value peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 that already was distributed.

The company also is destroying all affected products in its possession.

The company has stopped production and is working to identify the cause of the contamination.

ConAgra has advised consumers to destroy all Peter Pan peanut butter and any Great Value peanut butter beginning with product code 2111.




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lj October 18, 2007 1:43 pm (Pacific time)

no wonder i always felt flu like every time i had peter pan.. holy cow! (well, well, well.) oh and the FDA good ol' FDA will step in and save our lives.. (again...) yep.. uhuhumm..


Leonard March 29, 2007 9:55 am (Pacific time)

The FDA is corrupt. Look at all the money they spend on campaigns to rush things through. They own the presidency and most of the congress and senate WBR LeoP


Mary S. Gentry March 17, 2007 6:47 pm (Pacific time)

Back in May 2006 I bought a large jar of Creamy Peanut Butter ( Great Value) I have been with sickness every since. I still have this jar for I haven't been able to get to store to take back. I am 79 years old and this hasn't been good for my overall health. I love peanut butter for it gives me protein, I sure will miss eating peanut butter for it has been one of my favorites.


ELAINE,,, MICHIGAN March 9, 2007 8:29 am (Pacific time)

THE FEELINGS I GOT FROM THIS PRODUCT AFTER EATING IT WERE SO HORRIBLE .I WILL NEVER EAT THIS PRODUCT EVER AGAIN NO MATTER WHAT BRAND IT IS.WAS OFF FROM WORK FOR 2 DAYS AND THOUGHT I WOULD DIE FROM THE CRAMPS AND THE THROWING UP.NEVER EVER AGAIN THE THOUGHT OF THE PRODUCT NO MATTER WHAT BRAND MAKES ME SICK TO THINK OF IT.


Osotan; February 24, 2007 5:02 am (Pacific time)

the internets(Yahoo), general news "health section," just today, reprinted A.P. salmonella article from yesterday! Thanks to the urgency of Salem-News I/we, already knew from Feb. 15th!


Anonymous February 21, 2007 7:41 pm (Pacific time)

AS I AM WRITING RIGHT NOW I FEEL VERY SICK. IM FEELING NAUSES,BAD HEADACHE,AND I FEEL LIKE THROWING UP RIGHT NOW VERY BAD CRAMPS AND DIARHEA I HAD SOME ABOUT A COUPLES DAYS AGO THATS SO WIERD BECAUSE WE NEVER BUY THIS BRAND THIS IS OUR FIRST TIME. THIS IS SCARY FOOD CORPERATION AREN'T THE SAME NO MORE YOU CAN'T TRUST ANYTHING YOU EAT.


Vanessa February 19, 2007 7:31 pm (Pacific time)

Have a half eaten jar with the 2111 code of great value creamy peanut butter and just ate some about a week ago. I'm fine but I wonder if there's a way to test the last half of the peanut butter left.


slam. February 19, 2007 6:35 pm (Pacific time)

"Salmonellosis Fact Sheet" typed into the web search, had all the disgusting but exact info and counter plan for this bacteria. Thanks for the warning, no con-agra products here.


S. LaMarche; February 19, 2007 6:07 pm (Pacific time)

it appears the Oregonian or S-J haven't heard about this yet. If not for Salem-News we might still all be eating Con-Agra products. The other "Journals" may be happy just to let S-N carry the show, why tamper with success?


kelly February 19, 2007 5:50 pm (Pacific time)

how do you report it my kid's eat a few weeks ago and sick they find now but i didn;t know what it was and they got berrt in a few day and theyseen to be find now


Kay Febuary 19 February 19, 2007 5:20 pm (Pacific time)

i think that is really groos and i am glad i dont eat that peanut butter bute never the less i am glad they caught it and can fix it I AM SCARED TO EAT PEANUT BUTTER NOW!!!


Stephanie February 19, 2007 1:31 pm (Pacific time)

I and my family have eaten that Peter pan peanut bitter and we were so sick from it. I though i was going to died that's how bad it was. I nor my family will ever eat peanutbutter again. We were sick for a week with Fever * Headache * Diarrhea * Abdominal Cramping * Vomiting and Nausea * Dehydration


Henry Ruark February 19, 2007 10:42 am (Pacific time)

Slam: Appreciate your sending source for page you found helpful. Rapid search found only too-detailed/generalized. We stand ready to help if you can specific source.


Bud February 18, 2007 9:19 pm (Pacific time)

Just can not eat anything these days without it making you sick..


Kelly February 17, 2007 7:34 am (Pacific time)

Thats nasty.


slam; February 16, 2007 6:27 pm (Pacific time)

Henry et al; checked just now on Salmonellosis Fact Sheet and couldn't download to e-mail to you. I'm not being lazy, but it's a single page info sheet, a couple of paragraphs max., and if you could present it it would address the item directly

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